Kids are absolutely over-flowing with creativity. You'd think they'd be all over 3D printers, but the fact that filaments have to be melted at 200+°C makes them a dangerous toy. So Japan's Bonsai Labs hopes to finally make 3D printers kid-friendly with a new machine and filament that heat to around 80°C instead.
That's still certainly hot to the touch, but the BS Toy — as the printer is unfortunately currently called — is much safer for kids than a more hobby-grade 3D printer like the MakerBot. Besides, there has to be a trade-off between functionality and safety because if plastic filaments were to melt at the temperature of a warm room, no 3D-printed creations would survive the hot summer months.
There's no word on when the BS Toy 3D printer will be available (it was only just revealed at the Nuremberg Toy Fair) but it will be large enough to produce printed parts that are up to 10cm tall and 12 cm wide. The biodegradable low-temperature filament that was developed for the printer is currently only available in clear finishes, but when the BS Toy is finally available to the public, coloured filaments will also be sold. [Bonsai Lab via Nikkei Technology]